Google’s Play Store has removed the applications of some popular cryptocurrencies and blockchain platforms, such as Cointelegraph, Coindesk and Coinmarketcap.
Apps of some popular crypto news websites have been unavailable on the Play Store since 2:00 PM EST.
However, Cointelegraph stated that Google has not contacted it in this regard.
“We have reached out to the company but received no response as of press time,” Cointelegraph added.
“We have been operating much as we always have, and do not readily have an explanation for why the app is no longer available.”
Commenting on this surprising move, Dan Findlay, co-lead developer at MetaMask, said:
“I very much hope that this was an honest mistake on the part of Google’s reviewers, but in combination with all the crypto YouTube bans, it definitely puts me at disease about how Google is engaging with decentralizing technologies.”
Previous targeting of crypto
Late last year, Cryptolydian reported that Google has kicked out the most popular crypto app Metamask from its Play Store.
The move came in light of the company’s restricted policy on apps that expose users to harmful financial tools. “We don’t allow apps that mine cryptocurrency on devices,” Google said in its policy.
However, mining was something Metamask was not designed to do.
Later, Metamask has stated that the search giant Google has decided to lift its ban on Metamask add-on.
The browser extension, which attracts 260,000 users a month, is now made available following no less than a week of suspension, given Google’s strict policy that does not “allow apps that mine cryptocurrency on devices.”
Meanwhile, YouTube announced that an “error” caused the deletion of crypto-currency videos in the past week and pledged to restore all the deleted videos.
There has been a history of inconvenience between the search giant and crypto fans as Google previously banned all adverts for cryptocurrencies on claims that it tries to “tackle emerging threats”.